Lewy Body Academy
Closing the gap in care
People living with dementia with Lewy bodies or Parkinson's disease dementia can often fall through the gaps in care. This Academy seeks to support professionals with the knowledge and expertise they need to close that gap.
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'Closing the gap in care'
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) together account for up to 15% of all dementias. Recognition and management of these dementias, though, is often suboptimal, and people living with them can fall through the gaps in care. This Academy seeks to support professionals with the knowledge and expertise they need to close that gap.
Healthcare professionals have come together from across different backgrounds, localities, experiences and service models to develop our courses. They make up our valued Faculty, and are constantly shaping and updating the content and style of delivery to maximise its relevance and practicality.
Our mix of practical, peer-to-peer learning takes delegates from evidence-based information to transformational action that cannot be found in a textbook. This Academy supports all delegates through a six month mentorship programme following a MasterClass, helping to cement their learning into daily practice.
Our course format and learning style create an entirely transferable model which can be replicated for any disease area, whilst each courses' content is entirely unique. Our Palliative Care MasterClasses bring together a wide range of practitioners with varying skillsets and specialisms and our content is tailored to individual learning needs through a modular system.
Focussing on dementia with Lewy bodies (previously known as Lewy body disease), and Parkinson's disease dementia, this specialist training ensures people with these dementias do not fall through the gaps in care.
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) together account for up to 15% of all dementias. However, recognition and management of the DLBs is suboptimal.
Often, people with DLB ‘fall through the cracks’ of services as they may present at various entry points to care, and care pathways are not well joined up, either in the UK or Ireland.
The cost of care of DLB is among the highest of all types of dementia, and the care burden is significant.
There is an urgent need to address the gap in awareness and clinical skills around the diagnosis and management of DLB by clinicians in the UK and Ireland. In partnership with voluntary sector organisations, this new Academy will deliver bespoke education on dementia with Lewy bodies, improving detection, diagnosis, and management - and closing the gap in care.
Drawing on the tried and tested model of education which Neurology Academy has been delivering for almost two decades, the Lewy Body MasterClass will provide intense practical education around diagnosis and management of DLB. This will include the latest evidence regarding biomarkers and interventions, across medical, therapeutic and lifestyle-related modifications.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most common type of dementia, yet it is frequently un- or misdiagnosed. LBD can present in multiple guises. Upgrading knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of LBD is essential for all clinicians working with people at risk of or living with dementia.
Prof Iracema Leroi, Associate Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin
In partnership with The Lewy Body Society
Lewy Body MasterClass: November 2021
There is an urgent need to address the gap in awareness and clinical skills around the diagnosis and management of DLB by clinicians in the UK and Ireland.
This MasterClass aims to address this gap by providing intense practical education regarding the diagnosis and practical management of DLB/PDD among clinicians in the UK and Ireland, leaning on the latest evidence regarding biomarkers and interventions. The MasterClass will also form the basis of developing a network of DLB-skilled clinicians across the UK and Ireland, able to lead improvements in diagnosis, management, and care.
Our work is made possible because of the wider support we receive, and we are incredibly grateful. Thanks to that support, we are transforming healthcare and changing the lives of people living with neurological conditions.
Academy and faculty leaders
We are led and supported by experts with a variety of backgrounds across a range of disciplines. By bringing different passions to the Academy, they ensure we maintain a high quality of content and information across a diverse field of knowledge.